Reading to children is fundamental to their growth and intellectual development. And the younger a child is exposed to words and books, the more likely they are to foster strong, lifelong reading habits. Unfortunately, not all parents are equipped with the resources to provide strong reading foundations for their kids.
Since 1989, an organization called Reach Out and Read has promoted “literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.” Since then, they have reached nearly 4 million families – and growing.
Former Reach Out and Read staffer, and current board of directors member and volunteer, Martha Gershun, took the time to talk to Repair the World about why reading to kids in doctor’s waiting rooms works, the best techniques for reading to very young children, and finding her own sweet spot in the world of service.